A Single Woman Traveling Solo in Belfast
Why Is Northern Ireland one of the best places to travel solo female in 2019? Below are the answers as to why Belfast ranks so high up in my list. Belfast is reasonably priced. For a solo traveler, you do need to be budget-conscious. Northern Ireland is on the pound, so the exchange isn’t always the best, but in general, it’s less expensive than other UK cities. After visiting I created the how-to see Belfast solo guide!
So many day tours available! If you are traveling as a solo female, making connections throughout your travels enriches the whole journey experience. Joining a day tour is the easiest way to have a chat and make new friends on the way. You will have several choices from Belfast.
It’s safe. For a solo female traveling this is the most important factor in booking a trip. If you don’t feel comfortable walking around alone, then what’s the point? I felt protected and welcomed in Belfast.
More Reasons To See Belfast Solo
I fell in love with Belfast on the first day. Like some of the European cities, it’s very walkable and easy to navigate. I took the train up from Dublin and walked from the station right into the center of the city. My main objective for visiting the north was to go on a Game of Thrones tour, which was a highlight for sure. More on the tour later.
7 Best Sightseeing Highlights for Solo in Belfast
Here is how to see Belfast solo with the top 7 highlights from my trip!
#1. Titanic Museum Belfast has an impressive city hall that sits in the center of the city. Aesthetically, you can see the difference between Irish cities, and see the UK influence on its architecture. On the first day in Belfast, I jumped on a Hop-On, Hop-Off tour through the city. This was a great way to get an overview of all the neighborhoods. It takes you to the most popular places, such as the Titanic Museum, which is a MUST SEE.
#2. Crumlin Road Gaol Prison is another top attraction and a stop on the bus tour. The prison closed as a prison in 1996, but open to the public. They offer a variety of tours such as daily guided, historic evening, paranormal, and ghost walk. If you have the time, it’s worth a visit.
#3. St. George’s Market the UK’s largest indoor food market is a great place to hit, especially for lunch. It’s located in the center of Belfast and is a great place to check out when traveling solo. Have a look at the website for opening times.
#4. Belfast Castle is perched up on the hill of Cavehill Country Park overlooking Belfast. This impressive castle is open to tourists for touring the inside and grounds. Also, you will find the on-site cafe great for coffee and other refreshments. The easiest way to reach the castle is by using the Hop-on, Hop-Off tour bus.
#5. Albert Memorial Clock stands in near the docks in Queen’s square and looks like a mini Big Ben. The memorial was constructed between 1865 and 1869 and in past history was a meeting a place for sailors and prostitutes. Now it’s a lovely square to visit and a very good spot for those Instagram worthy photos.
#6. Belfast Zoo if a zoo lover, you are…then Belfast Zoo is a lovely place to spend an afternoon. This is located a bit far away from the center of town, but easy to reach by local bus. The website linked has all the information on the opening times, costs and directions.
#7. Botanical Gardens of Belfast is located on the opposite side of the city from the Zoo. It is located very close to Queen’s Univerisity and by the Botanic train station. This is a lovely area of town to check out while in Belfast.
How to Find the Best Belfast Hotels for Solo Female:
My opinion when traveling solo is to spend a little extra on the hotel. It can really enhance your experience when you are on your own. Here is how to see Belfast solo picking a great hotel.
Best Boutique Hotels Belfast:
- Ten Square Hotel I stayed at this lovely hotel that is located in the very center of Belfast! Very stylish, clean, and modern rooms. The hotel has free wifi, and a nice restaurant/bar located on the first floor.
- Bullitt Hotel When I return to Belfast, I am staying at the hip and trendy Bullitt hotel. They have 3 room choices, something for every budget. Dinky Room, Comfy Room, and Roomy Room. Have a look at the website for more details.
- Malmaison Hotel This centrally located hotel offers a modern and contemporary style, and high classic comfort. Modern bar and restaurant serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Ultimate Luxury Hotels Belfast:
If you are going to see Belfast solo and really treat yourself, these high-end hotels are the perfect match.
- The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast Champagne wishes and caviar dreams can be fulfilled while staying at this luxurious hotel. Don’t forget to book in for afternoon tea for true British Experience.
- Titanic Hotel Belfast If you are obsessed with the Titanic, you will be enchanted by this high-end hotel! Decorated in theme, this hotel is located on-site with the famous museum.
- The Merchant Hotel This hotel is the crown jewel in Belfast. It’s a historic palace-like building, transformed into a world-class hotel making it the most desirable place to stay. No other hotel can compete with the rooftop pool and views.
Best of Where to Eat in Belfast
One of the best things about being in Belfast solo is that you don’t have to compromise! If you have ever traveled with someone you know just what I mean. Having someone be part of the decision on where to get a meal can be difficult in some cases. When you are on your own, the choice is all yours!!
Outstanding Options for Breakfast & Lunch
- Town Sq is the solution to breakfast and lunch while visiting Belfast. This place offers quality and creativity in its menu.
- French Village is a cute and comfy spot to enjoy a nice breakfast or lunch. Located a bit south of the city center in the University area.
- Harlem Cafe This place has a lively and fresh interior, offering breakfast and weekend brunch! Located centrally near a live music venue, Ulster Hall.
Top Places for Dinner & Drinks in Belfast Solo
- Made In Belfast is a great choice for dinner! I ate there a few times, enjoying the fish dishes. Creative cocktails and indulgent desserts! Located in the center of the city.
- Ox – one of the best meals I’ve had was at Ox, a Michelin starred restaurant in downtown Belfast. They have a prefix for lunch and dinner, as well as an Irish Drink Menu.
- Ginger Bistro located in the city center. This bistro has been awarded as one of the finest restaurants in Belfast! They have al carte, prefix and vegetarian menu.
- The Dirty Onion When you are in the mood for a casual, end of the tour day, great food…go to the Dirty Onion. This place is great for drinks and fancy bar food fare. Indoor/outdoor seating, live music, and fantastic beer selections.
OX– Pre-Fix Menu
Game of Thrones Tour
If you are a fan of Game of Thrones and come on, who isn’t??? You must get yourself signed up for the Game of Thrones tour! There are SEVERAL companies to choose from when booking this tour. My advice is to research out exactly what you are looking for and get tickets ahead of time. I used this tour for my journey through major film locations and the history of the land. The guide will unveil detailed information on the scenes filmed, as well as props for photography.
The tour also brings you to the famous Carrick-A-Rede-Rope Bridge and Giant’s Causeway. During your tour, a lunch stop is planned, which will be at your expense. The tour was one of my favorite memories of all my travels. It is such a captivating experience, that I recommend you take the tour regardless of whether you are a fan of the show or not.
I had the pleasure to stay in a little village a couple of times. It is located around the north from Belfast, and about 20 mins by car. There is a train service, but if you plan on doing more of Northern Ireland, I would suggest getting a car. A visit to Carrickfergus wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the castle! For information and opening times, please visit the website Here.
Game of Thrones Audio Books
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Solo Female Day Trip to Bushmills
Now that you know how to see Belfast solo, let me tell you about Bushmills! The Northern Ireland landscape is completely breathtaking and truly magical! If you appreciate whiskey, Bushmills distillery is a must drop by location! The Bushmills Inn has all the charm and character you could ever ask for. Located right in the center of the town, and they have a wonderful restaurant on-site. Be sure to visit the distillery for details, click here.
From Belfast, Bushmills is only 1 hour away by car. Even though not in Belfast, I would still consider it in the top 7 Best Places in Belfast to travel alone.
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